Throughout the 19th century, London was considered by many to be the capital of the world. Today, London offers the perfect blend of history and culture and remains one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. With so many of our London hotels to choose from, Choice Hotels makes it easy to make the most of your trip to the UK. Make sure to visit the most popular of attractions, including:
A good place to start any trip to London is at Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen. One of the most recognized buildings in the world, the palace acts as the administrative headquarters of the British monarchy. If you visit during the summer, make sure to catch the famous Changing of the Guard in front of the palace.
The neighborhood of Notting Hill offers great options for shopping and entertainment. Browse the Portobello Road Market to see a variety of unique specialty items, including antiques, furniture, clothing, jewelry, porcelain, paintings and exotic food. Make sure not to miss the world-famous multi-cultural arts festival and parade, attended by thousands of visitors each year. This star-studded neighborhood is also a nightlife hotspot, packed with clubs, bars and dance venues.
Speaking of nightlife, make sure not to miss out on a trip to the world-famous Picadilly Circus. The area is filled with popular nightclubs, local bars and pubs. Additionally, Picadilly Circus is also home to the Trocadero Centre, which contains Segaworld, the world’s largest indoor theme park.
Be sure to take a ride on the London Eye, the world’s highest observation wheel. Since it opened in 2000, the Eye has become the most popular tourist destination in Great Britain, and for good reason: over the course of a 30 minute revolution, visitors can observe more than 55 of London’s most famous landmarks from a unique perspective.
The church and cloisters of Westminster Abbey is another must-see historical site. Approximately 3,000 people were buried at the Abbey, including famous Brits like Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton and David Livingstone.
For more than 700 years, the Houses of Parliament has served as the seat of British government. Take a tour to see the House of Commons and House of Lords as well as the historic Westminster Hall. Of course, the Houses of Parliament is also home to the Big Ben, a clock tower synonymous with London itself.
Art lovers should plan on visiting the National Gallery while in London. The Gallery, houses one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world, including works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Turner, Cezanne and Van Gogh, to name a few. Best of all, admission to see these world-class works is free.
If you prefer modern over classical art, a visit to Tate Modern should suit you well. Tate displays major works by 20th century artists like Matisse and Picasso alongside a number of rotating contemporary exhibits and installations.
With so many museums, historical sites and neighborhoods to explore, it is almost impossible to run out of things to see and do in the United Kingdom’s capital. With this in mind, it is important to make sure you have a clean, comfortable London hotel to retire to at the end of a long day. So make sure to book with Choice Hotels in London for a transatlantic trip you will never forget.
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